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RIP CHESTER BENNINGTON

Before Jay-Z collaborated with Linkin Park, their music was already bumping in the strip club. And no, it wasn't a predominantly white club either. Hybrid Theory was on regular rotation at DC's Penthouse, the premiere strip club for thick, African-American women. The...

Healing

No More Shame

I’ve been a survivor of child sexual abuse since the age of five so all I’ve known is shame. Throughout my teenage and early adulthood years, I thought I was the reason why men and boys chose to have sex with me. Back then, I never considered it rape so I grew up...

Zumba Through Depression

Please forgive me for saying this, but as a former half marathoner, I always thought Zumba was for sissies. It's a workout, yes, but it surely doesn't compare to the weekly miles, hill repeats and long runs necessary to prepare for a half marathon. Many of my Zumba...

This Mother’s Day, How Do You Measure Success?

While I was unsure what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always knew I wanted to be a mom. As a matter of fact, I wanted a house full of kids, boys mostly, making it decades before I'd ever have to experience the empty nest syndrome. My life took a different route so...

Faith

Who’s In Your Corner?

While listening to Joel Osteen talk abut Job, something hit me. Job's first wife encouraged him to curse God. Did anyone ever consider that his trial was to also reveal who was really in his corner? That maybe it served as an indirect test for her? To see what's in...

Confidence In Your Calling

Are you confident that you hear God's plan for your life? Or, are you like Barak, who was unsure and insisted Deborah come along? There have been times in my life where I needed God's confirmation or direction. But, instead of sitting in His silence, praying or...

You Can’t Run From God

God commanded Jonah to preach repentance to the city of Nineveh. Jonah refused because not only did he perceive the people as wicked; it was the capital of Assyrian empire, one of Israel's biggest enemies. Instead of obeying God and heading to Nineveh, he sought...

Reviews

Book Review: …From Victim To Survivor

With respect to non-fiction books, it's difficult for me to conclude one to be a waste to read. There are a select few that are a must read, some which can be helpful...and then...the others. Unfortunately, From Victim To Survivor falls into the latter category. It's...

Play Review: Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor

Let me start this off by first saying: I love Philly. I moved here last fall and am in awe of the creative vibe. There are truly some talented artists, musicians, writers and poets in this city. I attended a few poetry slams and an event at the Philadelphia Museum...

Book Review: The Path To Wealth

No, this isn't the typical book review found on this site. The content I reviewed previously touched on some aspect of sexual abuse. But, this year, I want to share reviews of the inspirational books I've been reading lately. They've helped me immensely and I hope the...